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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Historical Summary

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid for by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data (SSDA903). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

What are our key strategies to close the attainment and progress gaps for FSM and Pupil Premium Pupils at our academy?

Pupil Premium funding is identified in the budget by the Head Teacher, TSAT and SENCO and spending is clearly allocated for specific initiatives targeted at Pupil Premium students.

The Schools practice seeks to comply with the DFE’s recommendations where practical and considered in the best interest of the individual.

Recent reports relating to the use of Pupil Premium e.g. from Ofsted and the DFE are read, understood and used to inform future decisions about the use of Pupil Premium funding and to ensure that funding is allocated to activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving achievement.

The School reviews this policy on a systematic basis following the publication of examination results and termly tracking data to assess the impact and relative effectiveness of initiatives and interventions on student progress.

The School ensures the Head teacher and a designated member of the senior leadership team has a clear overview of how the funding is being allocated and review data termly to monitor the outcomes and impact. This is also monitored termly by the Finance officer for TSAT and the Head Teacher

The School never confuses eligibility of the Pupil Premium with low ability, and focuses on supporting our disadvantaged students to achieve outstanding academic progress. The key to student success is ensuring that all teaching is carefully planned to meet the differing needs of all learners, rather than relying on interventions.

Where more support is needed Skilled Teaching Assistants and External Support Agencies are allocated to teach intervention groups to improve attainment within Core Subjects.

Teachers and other practitioners are well aware of those students who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium and play a full part in deciding which strategies and targeted interventions might be appropriate for individual students at core subject meetings in KS1 and KS2.

The Support strategies set up by the school are intended to tackle a range of issues e.g. attendance, behaviour, factors outside the school, professional inset on Pupil Premium pupils, effective teaching and learning, strong careers information, advice and guidance , literacy support, targeted support, good facilities for supported study, further enrichment.

The Head Teacher and the Trust have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that represents value for money.

The Head Teacher, Leadership Team and SENCO will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the RGB on its progress and impact.

Statistics and Quality Assurance

The School measures the impact of the Pupil Premium spending by:

  • Tracking the progress of Pupil Premium students each term to compare their attainment and achievement to Non Pupil Premium students and other groups of students in the School e.g. SEN/EAL.
  • This also includes an analysis of the results of boys and girls.
  • Assessing the success of students at the end of Key Stage 2 relative to their target grades and against national threshold measures e.g. 6S+ in English and Mathematics,
  • Producing termly reports for the Head Teacher, TSAT and SLT on the progress of Pupil Premium students across the whole school in each year group and across individual subject areas compared to all students and other significant groups of students across the School.
  • Ensuring that we are focused on closing the gap in progress and attainment between those in receipt of pupil premium and those who are not.